Fox's Gotham reimagined many of Batman's supporting characters over its five-season run, but perhaps the most terrifying and drastic of them was its version of the Joker.
The Clown Prince of Crime underwent a variety of transformations over the course of the series, but he may have had an even more gruesome appearance according to makeup artist Ben Bornstein. The artist shared unused concept art of a design for the villain on his Instagram account.
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In the live-action series, a proto-Joker appeared as early as the first season in the form of the sinister Jerome Valeska, portrayed by Cameron Monaghan. After organizing Gotham City's villains to wreck havoc, the character was killed off, only for his twin brother Jeremiah follow in his footsteps.
While the twins were originally not intended to become the iconic villain, Monaghan's performance convinced the series to have Jeremiah undergo his final transformation into the Clown Prince of Crime during the fifth and final season. The unused concept art above provides a look at how that metamorphosis may have gone.
Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth and Shane West as Bane. Season 5 and The Complete Series are available now on Blu-ray and DVD.